Kittel: Third place in the sprint gives me confidence

Marcel Kittel speaks to the press in Noirmoutier-En-L'Ïle

Marcel Kittel ( Katusha-Alpecin ) finished third behind Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the opening sprint at the Tour de France but after his difficult start to the season and lack of a success, the result tasted almost as sweet as victory. Kittel won four stages at the 2017 Tour de France while riding for Quick-Step Floors but has struggled to build a successful lead-out train at Katusha-Alpecin. He has won just twice, at Tirreno-Adriatico , but has often been left frustrated and doubting his ability after coming up short in a number of other sprints. His third place in Fontenay-le-Comte blew away his doubts. “My power was there, my speed was there. The result gives me confidence. This is just the first chance,” the German said after completing his day at anti-doping. The sprint unfolded as Kittel and Katusha-Alpecin expected, allowing the German to execute ...

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Preview: Your guide to the 2018 Tour de France

It’s that time of year again: time for the biggest bike race on the planet. The lead-in to this year’s Tour de France might have been overshadowed by the Chris Froome saga, but now that’s finally sorted, it’s time to focus on the race itself. And what a race it’s shaping up to be. Ahead … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2018 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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3T adds Strada DUE to range, designed for 2x gearing

When Team Aqua Blue announced it would be starting the 2018 season on the disc-equipped and 1x-specific 3T Strada aero road bike, debates ensued. Was the pro cycling world ready for 1x gearing? Were the gaps between each rear shift going to be too great to be efficient in a rolling peloton? What about the … The post 3T adds Strada DUE to range, designed for 2x gearing appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Do You Want to be a Movistar?

When Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France, Team Sky had a plan of getting him onto the podium of the Tour that seemed like it was on rails. Paris-Nice, check. Dauphiné, check. Jiffy bag, check. Everything went perfectly, and when it looked like his team mate Froome might challenge his leadership, he asserted his place in yellow fairly strongly. That is the Sky way of doing things, and we’ll see it again this month with Froome. On the other side of the spectrum, we have the Movistar way: throw your riders at the wall, and see who sticks. And so.... Let’s Meet the Contenders! Tim de Waele/Getty Images Here we have Mikel. Corbis Sport Cycling: 52nd Tirreno-Adriatico 2017 / Stage 7 This is Nairo. Tim de Waele/Getty Images And say hi to Alejandro. So yes, midway through last year’s Tour, then Sky rider Landa put in a very good ...

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Kelderman ruled out of Tour de France with shoulder injury

Wilco Kelderman finishes the Vuelta's 17th stage

Wilco Kelderman has been ruled out of the Tour de France after injuring his right shoulder in a crash during Sunday's Dutch national championships road race. The Dutchman had been due to line out in the Sunweb team for La Grande Boucle alongside Tom Dumoulin and Michael Matthews. Kelderman had surgery to fix a broken right collarbone from a crash during Tirreno-Adriatico in March, and his crash on Sunday caused the plate in the collarbone to bend. Following scans on Monday, Team Sunweb confirmed that Kelderman will be unable to participate in the Tour. "CT scans indicate that the plate mounted on his right collarbone is bent, which reduces functionality of the shoulder joint and a lot of pain," said team doctor Anko Boelens. "To start the Tour de France is no option. Additional check-ups will follow with international experts in this field, to determine the next steps and to ...

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‘Not my first rodeo’: Adam Yates returns to Tour with renewed confidence

Will defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome find himself with a peculiar sense of déjà vu in July? During the Giro d’Italia, Froome had a huge tussle with talented young Briton Simon Yates, battling his compatriot over the three weeks, trailing behind him for the first two weeks but, ultimately, prevailing. A similar scrap … The post ‘Not my first rodeo’: Adam Yates returns to Tour with renewed confidence appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The Fight for White: A Preview of the Young Guns at the Tour

It’s that time of the year again-- time for one of the most anticipated and most-likely-to-be-underwhelming events in the cycling world-- the Tour. While everyone else is caught up in the “Will she, won’t she?” romantic saga between the UCI and Chris Froome or the Three’s Company hijinx of the three Movistar leaders (Unzue is definitely Mr. Roper in this analogy, having been tricked into allowing Landa in), let’s take a look at the portion of the race that may just be the most exciting of this year’s Tour- the young riders’ competition. When it comes to the white jersey classification, I feel like David Wooderson from Dazed and Confused- What I love about these young rider competitions, man, is that I keep getting older, they stay the same age. That age of course, is 25 years old or younger, or more specifically any rider born after January 1, 1993. ...

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Uran to lead EF Education First-Drapac with a dream of winning the Tour de France

Rigoberto Uran (EF-Drapac)

Rigoberto Uran will lead the EF Education First-Drapac team at the upcoming Tour de France set to begin in the Vendée region on July 7. The Colombian finished a remarkable second place behind Chris Froome (Team Sky) last year, and the team will return with a dream of winning the overall title. "The objective is quite simple," said team CEO Jonathan Vaughters in a team press release. "We start the race trying to win the Tour de France. "Is that optimistic and is that pushing the limits of our team? Absolutely. But we were second place last year. We have a little bit stronger team this year, and we have a parcours more suited to Rigo than last year. We have Rigo, who is stronger than he was last year. So we're going in with the idea of trying to win the race." In last year's Tour, Uran won the ...

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Kittel and Zakarin lead Katusha-Alpecin at Tour de France

Tony Martin and Ilnur Zakarin lead Katusha-Alpecin on a training ride

Katusha-Alpecin have confirmed their line-up for the Tour de France , with the team divided between helping Marcel Kittel in the sprints and backing Ilnur Zakarin for the overall classification. Tony Martin is also part of the eight-rider team and will help set up Kittel’s lead out and target stage victories and the time trials. Kittel will have the support and lead out from Rick Zabel and Nils Politt, while Zakarin can count on the USA’s Ian Boswell, Robert Kiserlovski and Pavel Kochetcov. Zakarin has again kept a low profile as he prepared for the Tour de France. He finished 10th overall at the Criterium du Dauphine thanks to two top-10 places on the key mountain stages. He finished fifth and third in the 2017 Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana and will target the Tour de France for just the second time in his career. Kittel won two sprints ...

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Kittel: You can never set the goal of five wins at the Tour de France

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin)

Marcel Kittel ( Katusha-Alpecin ) says that he is not aiming to repeat his run of five stage victories at this year’s Tour de France . Kittel was the dominant sprinter at last year’s race, notching up five wins before he was eventually forced to abandon following a crash in the final week. “You can never set the goal to go for five stage wins in the Tour. That is why we first go for one stage victory, as I used to do in the past. That's better,” told German newspaper Sudkurier . If Kittel were to repeat his feat, it would more than triple his current win tally in 2018. This time last season, Kittel had already racked up nine victories ahead of his five-win haul at the 2017 Tour. Twelve months on, he heads into July with just two victories at Tirreno-Adriatico on his palmares. His final preparation ...

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Greipel, De Gendt spearhead Lotto Soudal's Tour de France team

Andre Greipel wins stage 1 at the 2018 Tour Down Under

Lotto Soudal will head into the Tour de France with a team dedicated to winning stages. Spearheaded by veteran sprinter Andre Greipel and breakaway specialists Thomas de Gendt, the eight-man squad also includes one-day revelation Tiesj Benoot. As already announced, there is no place for Adam Hansen, who completed his 20th straight Grand Tour recently at the Giro d'Italia. Jasper De Buyst, Jens Keukeleire, Marcel Sieberg, Tomasz Marczynski and Jelle Vanendert make up the rest of the team. In a video posted on social media, the Tour de France team are selected by Marc Sergeant – although we only see his hands, and he sets up a Whatsapp group chat with the riders included. He then posts a congratulatory message before the video draws to a close. The video concludes before the two blue Whatsapp ticks appear, but it’s safe to assume that the riders already know whether they are ...

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LottoNL-Jumbo announce Tour de France squad

Race leader Primoz Roglic (LottoNl-Jumbo)

Dutch WorldTour team LottoNL-Jumbo have revealed the eight riders who will represent them at the 2018 Tour de France , starting in Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile on July 7. The team will be led by 31-year-old Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk and the recent winner of the Tour of Slovenia, Primoz Roglic . For the sprints, Dylan Groenewegen – winner of the final stage of last year's Tour on the Champs-Elysées in Paris – will give the likes of Marcel Kittel, Fernando Gaviria and Mark Cavendish a run for their money for stage wins, and has to be considered one of the favourites to take the green jersey. Kruijswijk's best Grand Tour finish came at the 2016 Giro d'Italia, when he infamously crashed on the descent of the Colle dell'Agnello on stage 19 while in the pink jersey as leader of the race. Going into the stage, Kruijswijk had an overall lead of three minutes ...

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Mark Cavendish to race nationals before Tour de France

Mark Cavendish to race nationals before Tour de France

Joe Robinson 15 Jun 2018 Cummings set to defend titles while Dowsett, Storey and Pidcock also confirmed as racing Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) will complete his preparation for this summer's Tour de France by racing the British National Road Race Championships on Sunday 1st July, British Cycling confirmed. He will joined by teammate and current champion Steve Cummings in Northumberland. Taking place six days before the start of the Tour, Cavendish will target a second national title, having sprinted to victory in 2013, while also trying to build form ahead of the three week stage race. This season has been one to forget so far for the 33-year-old. Consecutive crashes at Abu Dhabi Tour, Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo forced him into an extended period away before returning at the Tour de Yorkshire in May. This has lead the sprinter to have only have one victory so dar this season, Stage ...

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Mark Cavendish confirmed for British national championships

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data)

Mark Cavendish will target the British national championships before heading to the Tour de France , race organiser British Cycling has confirmed. Cavendish is the latest to be confirmed for the nationals, along with defending champion and Dimension Data teammate Steve Cummings, and Tom Pidcock, while Sarah Storey and Katie Archibald have been named for the women’s races. Cavendish will only ride the road race on July 1, as has been the case in all of his participations since turning professional. He won the British national title in 2013 and finished second in both 2015 and 2016 as he tried to take on the combined strength of Team Sky. Last year he battled back from illness to compete on home roads on the Isle of Man but failed to finish, with Cummings winning both the time trial and road race titles. The 2018 British national championships are set to take ...

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UCI reveal WorldTour calendar for 2019

The final podium of the 2018 Giro d'Italia: winner Chris Froome (Team Sky) is flanked by Sunweb's To

The UCI has revealed the dates of the 2019 WorldTour races, with 37 races in 18 countries spread between the Tour Down Under in January and the Tour of Turkey in late October. The full race calendar for 2019 that includes the different continental calendars will be released in September. The biggest change to the calendar for next season is the merger of the Dubai Tour and the Abu Dhabi Tour in February to create the six-day UAE Tour (February 25-March 2). The Giro d’Italia has moved back a week and will be held between May 11 and June 2, with the Tour de France staying in the same slot as 2018 and held between July 6-28. These dates give riders targeting the Giro-Tour double five weeks of recovery. New races were added to the UCI WorldTour calendar under the presidency of Brian Cookson. However, the development compounded an already ...

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Kelderman on Porte's radar as Tour de Suisse hots up

Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) on the podium

Despite starting the Tour de Suisse with just 11 days of racing in his legs Wilco Kelderman ( Team Sunweb ) continues to impress with a valiant display on the first mountain stage of the race. The Dutchman finished fourth, in the same time as stage winner Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), to move up to third overall, 20 seconds down on Richie Porte's (BMC Racing) overall lead. Kelderman was supported by several teammates on the final climb to the summit at Leukerbad, with teammate Sam Oomen also making the main GC group that splintered off the front of the peloton in the closing stages. Kelderman and Oomen remained in contention when Mikel Landa launched a dangerous attack 6.8km from the summit and were still well-placed when the leaders caught Landa with the line in sight. Kelderman may have been edged out for the win and the resulting bonus seconds ...

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Mark Cavendish can still beat everybody, says Aldag

Mark Cavendish takes his first win of 2018

Dimension Data have lost no faith in Mark Cavendish’s ability to deliver as they continue to prepare for July’s Tour de France. The Manx sprinter has won 30 Tour de France stages during his career and despite a rocky past year due to several crashes and injuries; he remains integral to the team’s Tour de France plans. Cavendish has won just once this season, a stage at the Dubai Tour in February. He crashed hard at the Abu Dhabi Tour and then crashed out of both Tirreno -Adriatico and Milan-San Remo in March. He returned to racing in late spring and used the Tour de Yorkshire and the Tour of California to rebuild his form. He will race the Tour de Slovenie (June 13-17) next week and then the new Adriatica Ionica Race (June 20-24) in Italy as his final preparation before the Tour de France. “He’s had a lot ...

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Tom Dumoulin named in Team Sunweb long-list for Tour de France

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) at the start of the Giro d'Italia

Team Sunweb has confirmed that Tom Dumoulin will target overall success at the Tour de France next month after naming him in their long-list for the French Grand Tour. Michael Matthews and Wilco Kelderman have also been named in the 12-rider list with just eight riders set to make the cut for July. Dumoulin finished second at the recent Giro d’Italia after winning the overall classification at the Italian race in 2017. The Dutchman had held off on making a decision about his participation at the Tour de France until after he completed the Giro, but hinted over the weekend that he would be racing in France this July. It is the first time that Dumoulin will target the general classification in two consecutive Grand Tours. “I am very proud of what we’ve already achieved at the Giro and I consider any result that we can take at the Tour ...

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Kelderman returns at Tour de Suisse after broken collarbone

Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) on the podium

Wilco Kelderman is set to ride for the first time since breaking his collarbone in March when he lines up at the Tour de Suisse, which gets underway on Saturday. Kelderman will lead Team Sunweb' s general classification hopes while Michael Matthews, who is hunting for stage wins, joins him in the seven-man squad. Kelderman crashed out of Tirreno-Adriatico during a challenging spring for the team that saw several riders miss races through injury and illness. The Dutchman, who finished fourth at last year’s Vuelta a Espana, was just 11 seconds off the race lead at Tirreno-Adriatico when he crashed twice on stage 6 and broke his collarbone. Matthews will be looking to up his win tally ahead of the Tour de France following a tricky start to the season. He broke his shoulder in his opening race of the season, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, which put him on the back ...

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Dauphine: Adam Yates at 85 per cent with Tour de France in mind

Best young rider, Adam Yates (Orica-Scott)

Adam Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) says he is some way off his best shape at the Critérium du Dauphiné and proceeding cautiously with a month still to go until the Tour de France . The British rider put in a decent ride in the opening day prologue – not his speciality – to finish ahead of fellow yellow jersey hopefuls Romain Bardet and Vincenzo Nibali. He then came home safely in the reduced peloton after a chaotic finale to the opening road stage on Monday. “I’m happy with that,” Yates said of his ride on Sunday. “Prologues are never nice, no matter how short they are. They’re always tough. It’s going to be a tough week, there are a few mountaintop finishes towards the end of the week so we’ll see what we can do.” Yates enjoyed a strong first half of the season, finishing fourth at the Volta a ...

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